Alan Smith

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Alan joined Whittle School & Studios in November 2018. In this role he is responsible for designing and implementing the global HR policies and programs for both the Headquarters and Campus teams. Working closely with the Executive Team, Alan is also accountable for the attraction, development and total rewards for all employees.
Prior to joining Whittle School & Studios, Alan spent 8 years with TE Connectivity, a $12 Billion Global Industrial Electronics Components Manufacturer. In his last role, Alan was based in Shanghai, China for 3.5 years leading the global HR function for the Communication Solutions Segment. This segment is a $2.4 Billion division with over 15,000 employees spread across the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific. In this role, he and his team were accountable for the attraction, development, retention and rewards for all employees across the three business units that comprised Communication Solutions.
Prior to joining the Communication Solutions segment, Alan led TE Connectivity’s Global HR Service Delivery organization. Specifically, Alan had oversight for in-country HR shared service matters such as Payroll, HRIS, Works Councils, C&B Administration and Employee Service Center Management. Additionally, Alan and his team led a global SAP HR implementation, as well as a new Human Capital Management System implementation for TE in 70 countries. Alan was also the strategic HR partner for all of the corporate functions (CFO, GC, Strategy, CIO, COO and CTO)
Alan has broad HR experience in such firms as Pfizer, Wyeth, Aon Consulting and John Hancock. Alan has a B.A from Wesleyan University as well as an MBA from Columbia University Business School.
In addition to extensive global business travel, Alan has lived in Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Shanghai.
Alan and his wife and two daughters currently reside in New Jersey.